Majorette Recognition Night

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Majorette Recognition Night

The majorette team with their certificates

The majorette team with their certificates

The majorette team with their certificates

The majorette team with their certificates

Autumn Harnois, Staff Writer

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The Palmer High majorettes have been a team since the summer of 2015, starting with only 4 people. Now, in the spring of 2019, over 20 members are on majorettes and color guard, in a variety of ages. Although we are losing 5 seniors this year, we have many middle schoolers who have joined.

Over the past few years, the team has only performed in the halftime show of football games, at the Big E, Alzheimer Walks, and UMASS. However, at the end of 2018, eight members of the team competed against other teams at competitions for the first time ever. The eight members are Abbie Shea, Khylyn Wenz, Renee Chaples, Hannah Aubin, Eliza Portier, Lilly Fontaine, Kayley Danforth, and myself (Autumn Harnois). Our coach, Theresa Watkins, created a routine that awarded us 2nd place. We also went to another competition in March and got 2nd place again. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the last few years.

Last night, on April 10th, we were recognized by the school committee at their monthly meeting. Everyone who performed in competition and participated in last football season’s halftime shows got certificates. Coach Watkins is very proud of everyone on the team for working hard and getting to the point we are at. We have a few events that we are looking forward to. At the end of April, a few of us are going to UMASS for a color guard/majorette clinic before performing with them for their finale. Then, at the beginning of May, we are performing with the jazz band at the Palmer Historical Arts Festival. After those events we will participate in the annual Memorial Day parade, which many of us have done in the past. This is the seniors’ last parade before they graduate.

We are excited for next year and look forward to learning more twirls and teaching the new members.